Jazz, Atonal Music, Noise
Famagusta, May/June 2003
Call for Papers: Jazz, atonal music, noise Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Northern Cyprus The sixth annual Literature and Humanities Conference will be held at Eastern Mediterranean University as part of Inscriptions in the Sand, an Arts and Culture festival taking place at the university and environs between May 30th and June 1st 2003. In conjunction with a wide selection of music, performance and film events, discussion friendly papers are being solicited for our symposium. Although we will be publishing selected presentations from Inscriptions in the Sand, we encourage participants to move away from the standard prewritten, "finished paper" format, towards a more open-ended presentation, which will provoke and contribute to a genuine exchange of research and ideas during the panel sessions. Our aim is to create a forum and publishing venue for inspiring work in progress, where the exchange of ideas with fellow academics participating in the conference will contribute to the final form of participants' work. With this in mind, we invite papers and/or presentations that examine the current status of critical thinking on jazz and on the notions of atonal music and noise. Possible topics might include but are not limited to: - noise as a cultural phenomenon - jazz as musical interstice - jazzing gender - beat jazz/bop poetics: Kerouac, Ginsberg and the future of bop rhythms - transitions from mechanical to technological noise - conventional/improvisational jazz - the politics of fusion. - the noise of public and private spaces in the twenty-first century - rap, scat, human beatbox - Bjork, Tori Amos: tonality, noise and the female solo singer - punk rock, hip-hop, speed metal, misfit noise - constructions of identity through music - language as noise - Latin vs. Germanic: The tonality of language - Marilyn Monroe/Marilyn Manson - blue sounds: the poetry of Langston Hughes - reassessing Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music - jazz in Harlem renaissance literature - noise and native American culture - the role of noise in definitions of high, low and popular culture - the mobile phone ring-tone symphony - gendered noise - tonality and lyrical meaning - the Queen's jubilee and the spectre of Johnny Rotten - reassessment of the term "Beat" - the role of noise in cultural spectacle, including football matches, tennis, cricket, the theatre and art exhibitions Papers are also welcomed on individual artists. Suggestions: Nina Simone Shirley Bassey Billie Holiday Ella Fitzgerald Sarah Vaughan Janis Joplin Thelonius Monk Wynton Marsalis Bird Miles Davis Frank Sinatra Louis Armstrong Sex Pistols Nirvana Primal Scream Metallica Philip Glass John Cage Pierre Boulez Alban Berg Arnold Schoenberg Anton von Webern Edgard Varèse George Crumb Please send 250 word abstracts by 30 October 2002 to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and please visit http://www.emu.edu.tr/elh/index_confer.html for more information.